Compassion Fatigue: a cynicism, skepticism or resistance to giving to or helping people who are suffering. Compassion Fatigue is often caused by media saturation of decontextualized images of tragedy or by charities' handling of donations.
Are you "tired" after watching the news? Does the World Vision commercial make you change the channel?
As much as I like to think that I value human life across the world, it's often much easier to ignore the far away stuff that I feel helpless to change. After all, aren't there enough people suffering in my own community? Province? Country? Continent?
This beautiful sunshiny morning, Emily is napping, the dishes are done and the laundry's drying outside (Have you ever tried to wring out a sleep sack? Oy.). I appreciate the quiet mid-morning time here in Kapsowar and today I am reflecting on two things.
It's hard to believe we've been in Kapsowar, Kenya for 10 days now, but we are starting to get settled.
There are so many things to write about, like "what do we do all day?" and "what is God teaching us here?" but the internet is slow and we've been busy so I thought I would at least fire off a post about a few aspects of life on station at Kapsowar Hospital, and what's the same and what's different, both from home and from our expectations when we arrived.
Here are a few first impressions (and generalizations) we've noticed so far.
If there were a way to remain gainfully employed and bring Nathan (and now Emily) along, I would be happy galavanting around our fine planet nine months of the year... Saskatchewan in the summer is really really nice. Shhh. Don't tell. It's our little secret.